Kawasaki EL 125 Eliminator


Make Model

Kawasaki EL 125 Eliminator


2009 - 10


Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve


124 cc / 7.6 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 55 x 52.4 mm
Cooling System Air-cooled
Compression Ratio 9.6:1


Mikuni BS28


Starting Electric

Max Power

12 hp / 8.8 kW @ 9500 rpm

Max Torque

9.6 Nm / 7.1 lb-ft @ 8000 rpm


5 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

33 mm center-axle front fork
Front Wheel Travel 130 mm / 5.1 in

Rear Suspension

Steel swingarm with dual shock, five-way adjustable preload
Rear Wheel Travel 60 mm / 2.1 in

Front Brakes

Single 260mm disc 1 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 130mm drum

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Wheelbase  1471 mm / 57.9 in
Seat Height 681 mm / 26.8 in
Dry Weight 128 kg / 282.2  lbs

Wet Weight

135 kg / 297.6 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

13 Litres / 3.4 US gal

Initially, Kawasaki designed their smallest Eliminator as an ideal beginner’s ride, a small, light, flick able cruising motorcycle that would stand both as a teacher and a commuter without excluding the fun factor of the equation. Little did Kawasaki anticipated that this would end up a notorious bike not only among riders who are just starting out, but among those searching for a cheap mean of commuting during a gray modern period that no manufacturer saw coming. Further backing this affirmation up is the fact that they discontinued production for 2008 and now the thing is back for more action.

As a 2009 model year, the bike stands out thanks to the same features that consecrated it in the first place; a low seat height (only 26.8 inches from the ground), light weight (319.6 lbs. with all liquids in), long travel suspension, but mostly because of the 124cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder engine. This is electrically started and fueled through the same 28mm Mikuni BS28 carburetor. Displacement isn’t the only thing ensuring great mileage. The fact that the engine is tuned to deliver plenty of low and midrange grunt determines riders to shift earlier and make less fuel stops than on any other vehicle out there (only scooters are more economic than this thing and not all of them). Yet, torque isn’t more than a beginner rider can manage and, overall, that’s why the Motorcycle Safety Foundation uses this bike in the beginner riders courser with great results.